West African Senior School Certificate Examination

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The West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) is a type of standardized test in West Africa. It is administered by the West African Examinations Council . It is only offered to candidates residing in Anglophone West African countries. The academic school-leaving qualification awarded upon successful completion of the exams is the West African Senior School Certificate (WASSCE)

The examinations[edit]

There are two different types of the examination:

  • WASSCE (November/December) - Also known as the General Certificate Examinations (GCE), by its former name; all students from private and public schools are allowed to take this examination, and uniforms are not compulsory. However, other rules and regulations are applied on every candidate. This examination is only offered during the autumn season, and the results are available by December.
  • WASSCE (May/June) - Also known as the Senior School Certificate Examinations (SSCE), by its former name; this examination is made for all private and public schools in West Africa. They must also wear distinctive uniforms as described in the standards set by the school boards. This examination is offered during the summer (May to June), and the results are available by August.


Subjects[edit]

The following subjects are offered for West African Senior School Certificate Examination candidates:[1]

Compulsory[edit]

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Civic Education

Integrated science

Elective[edit]

  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Further Mathematics
  • Geography
  • Technical Drawing
  • Financial Accounting
  • French
  • Commerce
  • Economics
  • Physical Education
  • Metal works
  • Auto Mechanics
  • Music
  • Shorthand
  • Clothing Textiles
  • Islamic Studies
  • Literature in English
  • Building Construction
  • Ibo Language
  • Yoruba Language
  • Hausa Language
  • Foods Nutrition
  • Visual Art
  • Typewriting
  • Christian Religious Knowledge
  • History
  • Arabic
  • Agricultural Science
  • Health Science
  • Applied Electricity
  • Electronics
  • Woodwork
  • Home Management
  • Government
  • Computer Science and Information Technology

WAEC grading system[edit]

Grades Definition Interpretation
A1 Excellent 90 - 100%
B2 Very Good 80% - 89%
B3 Good 65%- 79%
C4 Credit 60% - 64%
C5 Credit 55% - 59%
C6 Credit 50% - 54%
D7 Pass 45% - 49%
E8 Pass 40% - 44%
F9 Fail 0% - 39%

Official guideline for university admission[edit]

Candidates are advised that they will be required to satisfy not only the university's general entrance requirements but also the requirements of the particular faculty which they wish to enter and that these requirements vary considerably. Particulars of entrance requirements and exemption regulations may be obtained from the universities or professional bodies concerned.

Nigeria[edit]

Students who choose to study in public universities are required to sit for the entrance examinations administered by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). This is also required while applying to the private American-style university in Yola, the ABTI-American University of Nigeria (AAUN). It is nice to study well now that Nigerian education is becoming very competitive. The 2014 Jamb will be very competitive

United Kingdom[edit]

Universities in the United Kingdom may, in addition, require candidates to complete a one-year Foundation course or acceptable alternative.[2]

References and footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations", http://www.ghanawaec.org/exams2.htm
  2. ^ "Guidelines for university entrance", http://www.waecnigeria.org/exams_3.htm.

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